Speaking at Wordcamp Miami

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Photo credit: My friend Karla Campos, from Social Media Sass who is also speaking.

I am super excited to announce that I will be speaking for the second time May 11th at Wordcamp Miami  I did a presentation two years ago on security plugins to protect your website from being hacked. This time, in collaboration with my business partner Lee Hodson at my web development agency, VizRED. 

The topic of the presentation that I will be speaking on will be ‘So Obvious, You Miss It!’  Sometimes there are little things that drive me crazy finding or figuring it out, and bam! all it took was that one little tip to make my life easier with WordPress.

Update: May 12, 2014: Link on my web development agency where Lee made a series of blog posts of the presentation and the embedded presentation. The beginning part was live, but the blog posts have detailed screenshots so you can understand what I talked about.

This is a summary description:

You know they’re there. You ignore them. You see them every day. You ignore them. You know they’re useful. You still ignore them! Come see the not invisible, not even hidden yet so in your face you miss them parts of WordPress and learn a few dos and don’ts about editing posts, editing plugins, editing themes and adding code excerpts along the way.

At the moment, the tickets are sold out. But you can get on a waiting list.

Miami Herald write up of the event

 

 

Speaking at FIU to Millennials

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Happy to announce  I will be doing a class at FIU to help you create a multimedia online resume. It will be in a computer lab so you can get hands on skills. This is a first of a series and the next one will include live stream so others from outside of Miami can also participate. It is open to anyone, not just students.

FIU is my alma mater so I am super excited about this. I’ve been sharing a lot of my knowledge of WordPress to my son and now I can share it with other student’s!! My partnership in a project I’m doing with Ford Espanol is what triggered me to find a way that I can help youth to prepare for their future.

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The project I am doing with Ford Espanol is called #FordMillennials. We are creating a digital space on Facebook to support Millennials in the ideas, projects or work. Besides the group, we are also having online chats on Twitter and offline events.

ANA Brand Masters Marketing Conference Recap

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The 2014 ANA Brand Masters Conference presented by Mashable started off with pre-conference session by Marc de Swaan Arons, founder of Effective Brands. He shared insights from the Marketing 2020 Study of 11,000 participants in 92 countries. More information about the study is on their website.

A Mini Pulse Check™ was conducted during the session where the marketing executives scored and ranked their marketing team with with key drivers such as:

  • Big Insights- Being able to leverage data and analytics to improve marketing effectiveness.
  • How connected Marketing is with senior leaders from other departments.
  • How inspired everyone in the organization is with purpose.
  • Clarity of the roles and responsibilities with regard to digital.Continue reading

Happiness Culture at Buffer

Now this is a place to work at! I recently amped my use of Buffer when I discovered how easy it is to spread all those great links I read around the web on my Android.  Check out their Happiness Culture based on Dale Carnegie’s classic and timeless book: How To Win Friends and Influence People. I’m a going to be a flittering Buffermaniac this year and spread some happiness around the world. 😉

Pros and Cons of Facebook and Instagram – Perspectives from Two Millennials

The other day during our Thanksgiving celebration, I heard my sister in law’s nephews talking about how they like Instagram more than Facebook. Since I had interviewed my niece a few weeks ago on her preference of Instagram, I got them to kindly oblige to be on video for another blog post. Thank you Danny and Dylan for sharing your thoughts.

Danny shared that Facebook is more about sharing with family than interests. He feels that Facebook will not go away even though they have lost some of their cool factor. Danny got married a month ago. Facebook was the main platform he used for this lifetime milestone. He also has interests in cigars but prefers to share that interest on Instagram.

Dylan started out saying that he could not give up his Facebook profile. But the reasoning was interesting. It was more about the convenience of having all his logins to Spotify, Instagram and others through Facebook. It makes it easier for him not to forget his passwords. But when I asked him where he engages more, the answer was Instagram.Continue reading

Social Media at Democracy in The Americas Symposium #ditas13

I was honored recently to work for the  Zambrano Foundation for two days live Tweeting and posting on Facebook on their behalf. They hosted the Democracy in the Americas Symposium. I have done this before at other conferences like Festival of Media and Portada.  But for some reason, I was kind of nervous mainly because the topic was completely different than the regular conferences I go to. And while at most conferences, I am totally impressed with all the speaker credentials, here I found myself in a conference with Ex-Presidents of Latin America!

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Visit the Ditas Symposium page for all the photos and updates. Here are some of them:

 

Ditas Symposium was hosted by the Zambrano Foundation whose mission is the following:

To develop, promote and empower innovative social and education programs where disenfranchised societies can strengthen democracy, equality, economic development, arts and culture.

 

It was started by Jose Zambrano, a Venezuelan who shared a moving personal story and his life being threatened in Venezuela after Chavez took over.  His passion is to bring back real democracy in Latin America.Continue reading

Time Challenges In This Digital World

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Today I was going to skip the 30 Day Social Media Blog Challenge #smcsfblog. I have so many things to do, yet when I do sit and take a few minutes and blog, I know I love it and am happy.  I have been blogging for five years and even though it has not been consistent because I work full time as a Social Media Consultant and Community Manager, my passion is what propels me to sit and write.

What I find with most clients I consult with who are beginning in social media and the blogging component that comes with it (if they choose to add that to the mix),  just freeze and don’t do anything. They listen to the suggestions, but do not implement mainly because of lack of time or resources to hire someone to do it for them.  I usually tell people that they have to dive in and make that commitment at least in the first year to get in a flow.Continue reading

My Teen Niece Shares How She Uses Social Media


This recent video on CNN about Facebook becoming a wasteland for teens says that they are leaving Facebook and going to other social networks like Instagram and Twitter. Well, I have known this for a few years since my niece who is now 18 told me this about two years ago. At that time she thought Facebook had become boring.

The CNN video centered on the fact that alot of teens don’t necessarily want to be on Facebook where their parents and grandparents now hang out. I decided to give her a call about how she uses Social Media.

In summary, this is what she said:

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Instagram- Private

– She is using mainly Instagram because of the pictures and the apps for the ability to edit her own pictures and  add captions. She also likes the video feature.

– With Facebook, she says there is so much to do and that it’s time consuming where on Instagram, you just upload the picture and add a hashtag. I mentioned to her that you can just upload a picture on Facebook as well.  Based on what she said, I am guessing that she likes Instagram because it doesn’t have all those status updates about what people are doing. She says there is too much going on in Facebook. She prefers simplicity.Continue reading